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October 1, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):799-800. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450140053007

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Many editors have pointed out in the columns of medical journals the importance of accuracy in therapeutics, or in other words, the necessity of using those pharmaceutic or chemic substances which are placed in our hands in such a condition of purity or excellence that no doubt concerning their reliability can possibly arise. It may not be out of place for us, at this time, to call attention to an even more pressing need on the practicing physician, and that is, the necessity of avoiding the use of compounds devised by persons ignorant of chemistry on the one hand, and of medicine on the other, who have sufficient pharmaceutic knowledge to be able to prepare for the market preparations pleasing in appearance, and who have sufficient capital and unlimited impudence to claim that most of the ills which afflict our patients can be relieved by the employment of their peculiar

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